Clyde faces many psychological problems in the second book. He has to decide whether he wants to enjoy his new rich lifestyle with parties and women, or if he should be responsible so that he would not mess up his chances at moving up in the collar factory. At this point in the story Clyde knows the wrong doings of his actions, thus not wanting to do it. Yet, he goes and does it anyways. Clyde starts getting involved with Roberta, but it has to be in secret. Then, he becomes a twisted man when he lusts after two women. He knows that he is being rude and uncaring towards Roberta, the mother of his child, but he simply did not care. All he knew is that he wanted Sondra now. This problem with Roberta makes him mentally unstable. He thinks his only way to get rid of the problem was to kill Roberta. He has no sincerity towards her and is only thinking of himself. He had an inward battle about this subject and he clearly knew that it was wrong, but for some reason it was stuck in his head as the only solution. “His dark genie” also proves the fact that he is maybe losing it. The symbol in this part of the book is the birds calls. It symbolizes his conscious in a way, saying he knows it was wrong and that he could possibly get caught. The birds calls haunt him.